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    PNP rescues 43 Chinese nationals from being kidnapped, human trafficking was about to happen


    Sep 15, 2022
    PNP rescues 43 Chinese nationals from kidnapping, human trafficking GMA News Online

    Agents of the Philippine National Police-Anti Kidnapping Group (PNP-AKG) have rescued early Wednesday 43 Chinese nationals who were alleged victims of human trafficking activities in Angeles City, Pampanga, Interior Secretary Benhur Abalos has said.

    At a news conference, Abalos said someone sent him a message Tuesday afternoon that his friend’s Chinese assistant had been kidnapped, whose last known location was Clark City, Pampanga.

    He then mentioned that he requested the PNP-AKG to conduct an operation to rescue the Chinese national.

    “We are pleased to announce the successful rescue of another kidnapped Chinese shortly after midnight this morning in Angeles City,” Abalos said.

    “The kidnap rescue operation stemmed from information provided by our foreign police counterparts based on complaints of the family of the kidnapped Chinese who was held for P1-million ransom since late evening of Monday, September 12,” he added.

    During the operation, Abalos disclosed that 42 other Chinese nationals were also found in a Philippine Offshore Gaming Operators (POGO) establishment and were rescued by the PNP-AKG.

    The DILG chief said police arrested a suspect identified as 33-year-old Chen Yi Bien, a human resource manager of a POGO establishment.

    “The rescued kidnap victim is now undergoing debriefing by the AKG to dig deeper into the circumstances surrounding the kidnapping and to build a strong case against all persons involved in the crime,” he said.

    “At the same time, the 42 rescued POGO workers are undergoing documentation and records verification,” he added.

    POGO operations

    Meanwhile, Abalos said he would recommend the closure of the POGO establishment if evidence points to its involvement in illegal activities.

    “Hindi lang ito masasarado, marami pang makukulong dito. I assure you that,” he said.

    He said he would meet with other government agencies to address the issues surrounding POGO operations.

    “We’ll have to work this out. Pag-uusapan ito ng PAGCOR, Bureau of Immigration. It should be an interagency thing. Kaya mamaya, kasama na rin namin ang Department of Justice… nandyan ang NBI, Chinese Embassy… tulungan lahat,” Abalos said.

    Earlier in the day, PNP said it has launched a crackdown against unauthorized security personnel serving POGOs and other establishments.

    In a statement, PNP Chief Police General Rodolfo Azurin Jr. said he made the directive in light of reports that some licensed protective agents allegedly participated in violent incidents involving their protectees.

    Azurin also directed the PNP Civil Security Group and Police Regional Offices to record and check all private protective agents serving as “bodyguards” to some VIPs, including businessmen who are foreigners.


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